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FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm EST
wants us to go over the fiscal cliff because republicans will get flamed and we will have a different scenario with the lowest rate not being 10%, but 15%, top rate of 35 to 40%, 42. and then tax cuts. david: the responsibility of political purposes is astounding to me. the only contradicting what he said a year ago, but got taken the advice of some of the top economic advisors that will go into recession. >> it is astounding. they also applies going over the fiscal cliff for that very reason. they want top tax rates to go up and are focusing on rates rather than revenue. we would have lower revenue took away some of these deductions. david: if we go into a recession, we will get far less revenue, nothing kills revenue coming into the treasury like a recession. there is no dispute about it. if you want to lose 100, $200 in tax revenue you go into a recession. all the money he thinks he's going to get from rich people by hiking the tax rate will be lost, double lost by going into a recession. >> that is exactly right. that is why when britain raise the tax rate from 40 to 50%, they fou
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 9:20am EST
. this is days before the fall off of the fiscal cliff. senate democrats are telling republicans get out of the way of a last-minute deal, accept tax increases for people making $250,000 a year. get out of the way. accept that. joining us is the founder of the media research center. blame if problem is spending and neither side is being serious about spending. neither side is. stuart: when you put your finger on it. they are politicians, are they not? they have to have in the back of their mind, they are politicians. they have to bear in mind the next election can they get reelected? can any politician get reelected by saying i am going to cut entitlements, cut spending? you are going to lose something? >> do you realize we have been doing this for 25 years? do you understand why we are in the mess we're in now? for 25 years both sides kicked the ball down and that is why we have not had a budget in three years. nobody wants to take a stand. every single republican, republican ran for office on the pledge to hold the line on taxes and cut spending. that is what they're are bound to do. b
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 9:20am EST
on the fiscal cliff. let's bring in republican strategist. -- let's bring in a republican strategist. welcome back. >> good to be here. stuart: it looks like the republicans will get quite a bit of the blame regardless of whether we get a deal, no deal, or whether we go over the cliff. i think you will probably agree that short-term they get the blame. how about long-term >> look, this is obama's game. his game is he needs someone to blame. he had bush in his first term. now he's got the fiscal cliff. blame the republicans. and the truth is, in the short-term, the g.o.p. gets the blame. and they deserve it a little bit. but in the long-term, things change. stuart: you are a republican strategist. why do you say that republicans deserve some of the blame short-term? >> well, they deserve it the same way everyone in washington deserves it. no one in washington is incentiveized to think about the long-term. everyone is thinking about the short-term. by the way we see this in the private sector as well where companies think about, you know, the next quarter and never think about the long-term. th
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 11:00am EST
-called fiscal cliff. short-term will hurt the republicans, undeniably. long-term, it will hurt the democrats and president obama. dennis: i thought all along that the republicans would look horrible. now, i'm wondering if it is switching the other way. a family earning only $20,000 a year will see that their tax refund gets cut in half if we go off the cliff. >> i think you are right. especially since we have not had the follow-through, dennis. what is the reason for all of this? where are we heading? the president, nor the republicans have answered that question. dennis: thank you for being with us. dagen: chicago mayor is renewing a plan to privatize the cities i second biggest airport. jeff: this was the world's busiest airport from 1948 to 1961. now it is just three big airlines that call this home. southwest, frontier and delta. it is still a huge cash generator for the city. he famously had a deal to privatize the city's parking meters and the problem is, they took all the money they had and spent it already. mayor manuel is under some scrutiny. as i said, both are choosing to do so. t
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 3:00pm EST
>> it is time to roll up the sleeves and get down to business on the fiscal cliff. democrats and republicans have made the trip to the white house. i'm ashley webster,. it is the last hour of trading, and count down to the closing bell starts now. we have breaking news from washington. rich edson at the white house where president obama is about to meet with key members of congress, and, rich, there's talk of a scaled down deal put forth by the president. what have you heard? >> it that is the discussion. you have harry reid, mitch mcconnell arriving at the white house, should have house leadership shortly to begin a meeting, a last ditch effort to try to help the economy avoid the fiscal cliff, or at least pieces of it, and, yes, the buzz around washington is a possible path forward that aids describe as preventing tax increase for income amounts of $400,000 or $500,000 or so, extend unemployment insurance, but, still, nothing has been agreed to. all in washington are waiting to see how this meeting goes. it's just about to start here in dc. meanwhile, on capital hill, the f
FOX Business
Dec 25, 2012 7:00pm EST
with the great book. fiscal cliff talks are taking republicans and democrats to take the arguments on the road. why do they think that will help make a deal? the "a-team" is here. ♪ lou: joining me, lou: joining me now, the "a-team," legal analyst and former clinton advisor, fox newv contributor.ke good to have you all here. have to start with you on this republican recess, as we start to figure what is going on with republicangu party. it seems stephen hayes and a fet other folks are saying they did a great job in her standing up for them it i'm not saying anything, just asking questions this is a status quo position of the republican party? >> the rank and file out across history -- lou: who is it? >> look, i need a little bit ofk new blood. we do very, very well as we win the government raises and the midterm.e m lou: let me ask a democrat. >> have to find the talent bring them to do washington. lou: no names and don't mess it up too much. does that wor it work the same r the democrats? >> absolutely because republicans have won five of the last six elections. the never miss an opportunit
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm EST
proposal from republicans, well, pretty much, we're headed towards the fiscal cliff and going over. there has to be movement towards a middle ground, and as the meeting started, there was no. we are awaiting reports on what happened. they met for an hour and five minutes. could have been progress towards another type of workable frame work to maybe kick this into next year, but as of the start of this meeting, it was not looking good. the white house will be updating ceos at 5:30, a staff call, staff from white house calling a number of ceos, having a conference call to update them. lloyd blankfein of goldman sachs on the call, trying to confirm other members of the call. thinks moving quickly, but not much progress. david: if there had been any kind of conclusion or any kind of agreement between republicans and democrats as we're looking at pictures -- that was nancy pelosi moments ago, if there was an agreement, there probably would have been an announcement, come out to the gaggle of reporters saying they are happy, and there was none of that announcing going on today; correct?
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 3:00pm EST
for democrats to offer a new type of fiscal cliff proposal. democrats are saying to republicans in the house, they should just pass that bill that passed the senate earlier this year, one that extends tax rates for families earning less than $250,000 a year. so very much bit of a stalemate going on here in washington as we move ever closer to the deadline. back to you. ashley: my first reaction is, so what's new? >> not much. ashley: at least it is something. but the 31st is well, the very next day. >> right. ashley: if you look past the headlines about the gridlock in washington what do the fundamentals of the economy really look like? are they not that bad? and will 2013 be the year for you to make money? certainly hope so. mark luschini, janney montgomery scott analyst joining me in an fb. in exclusive. mark, thank you for being here. you are unabashedly bullish, which i love? >> i love the underlying economic fundamentals despite what is played out on the television. ashley: to that point. we're not in a fiscal cliff wrooefr in a fiscal slope. is it being overblown? >> the terminal facto
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
a short time ago and neither sounds hopeful of fiscal cliff deal will be made before the deadline. so at this point is there any chance the united states can avoid taking a fiscal cliff dive? joining me for more is republican senator john hoeven of north dakota. and very simply, sir, we appreciate you being here but is harry reid right? are we going off the cliff? >> well, adam i hope he is not right. at this point president obama indicated he is going to call and talk to our leader, mitch mcconnell, senator mcconnell and make a proposal. we're very interested to see what that proposal is. we put revenues on the table. there needs to be some savings. and i believe we can get a deal so let's go. adam: what will the do look like? the president at one point actually upped what he was willing to tax. he wants taxes. originally saying on incomes of 250,000 and up. then he went to 400,000. what kind of compromise do we need from both side to get a deal done so that i don't have to keep boring people with this term fiscal cliff? >> right. to really get the deal done right you need about 4 tr
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm EST
with legislation that either c really pass. and then we gover the fiscal cliff and i agree that it just kicks the can a little bit further. part of the problem is we have no leadership here. gerri: let's get rich edson back into this. my next question is, what happens next? do we just wait for harry reid and mitch mcconnell to come up with something? when might we have more of these meetings? reporter: senate leaders will meet tonight. carrie reeder says he is suspendi regular business on the senate floor tomorrow so leadership can work on us. they are working on issues and have been for the last couple of days. at that point, sometime sunday morning, they will have to make a decision as whether they got enough vot for they have come up with something that can actually pass the hous and the senate. if that's the deal and they do reach some kd of skeleton or compromise that they can sell the democrats and republicans in the house and senate, they will begin that process once leadership is signed off. the time from then it's a little bit longer when you consider that the house has a rule that a
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am EST
falling off the fiscal cliff. he says that he is optmistic for an agreement, but neither republicans or democrats will get 100% of what they want. earlier today, the president met with congressional leaders at the white house. a closed-door meeting, here is what the president said just a short time ago. >> we are going to construct a discussion with senate and house leadership of how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. i am optimistic that we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. senator reid and senator mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak we want congress taking up that issue now. in the mentime, the war on tracking, lisa jackson announced her plan to quit january 31. leading to questions as to who obama will choose to replace her. taking a more realistic approach. let ask john hiatt meiste >> with us tonight we go to john hiatt meister. we want to focus on tracking. doyou thiink a new epa chief old crackdown on tracking? or will they move ahead with that? >> i think we will see a determined effort. the president want
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm EST
, but we are about to go over this fiscal cliff. what do you say? >> of course they blame republicans. that is what people in washington bureau. let's be realistic about this. the president owns the economy at the end of the day, whether he wants to admit it or not. this is his job. i was there in 2003 in the second round of so-called bush tax policies came to the house. the house house wanted $550 billion in cuts. all they could get was $250 billion. it was a compromise. george bush came down and met with our conference and said, you guys thought the good fight, this is what i mean, need, let's go and take what we can get, with a $250 billion and the problem is solved. gerri: i don't see that exactly. [talking over each other] [talking over each other] >> can you imagine? can you imagine lyndon johnson sitting on the sidelines while something like this was going on? gerri: i cannot imagine lyndon johnson going anywhere but washington and sitting there, quite frankly. something that is new out this afternoon, senior administration officials in hawaii, saying that it up the gop. that g
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
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FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. democrats have not. house republicans passed a bill a few months ago, in the manner they wanted extending the current tax rates. democrats a few months ago passed their preferred option letting taxes increase for families earning more than $250,000 a year so both sides are now on their opening position. even if lawmakers, congressional leaders work out a deal at the top level will take days probably for anything to get through the house and senate. tracy: just to be cleared john boehner said he would give him 48 hours notice will for they had to come back. if he calls them today they don't have to be back for 48 hours. >> right. they have a conference call, republican conference in 30 minutes to discuss their next move. they announced they are coming back, the earliest they would be back in session would be saturday but even if lawmakers are you there is no deal yet, the upper echelons of congressional leadership that would have them vote on anything so we are waiting for congressional leaders to work something out and we are not at the phas
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am EST
as lawmakers continue to scramble to get a fiscal cliff deal done. rich edson has the latest. rich: they are considering legislation here in the senate today. president obama says he called to talk to congressional leaders, democrats and republicans, last evening. there is no progress here to report. president obama put it all on the house. >> they are operating without the house of representatives. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass overwhelmingly speaking that 250 he is discussing that would keep tax rates where they are for income amount for less than $250,000 increased those earning more. house speaker says senator reed should talk less and legislate more. senate democrats have not. they want to extend all the current tax rates and avoid some of the spending cuts. democrats are on their opening offer. they basically have not moved anywhere. there is less than a week to go. >> senator reid talking about a less than $250,000 limit. speaking right. exactly. liz
FOX Business
Dec 23, 2012 8:00pm EST
support in the house for his plan the proposal on the fiscal cliff has embarrassed the speaker, but the speaker's failure means a solution to the fiscal cliff is, if they're going to be one, now resting squarely upon president obama. arsine to be vacationing president alone cannot propose legislation that wins majority support in both the house and senate, and the decision to go over the fiscal cliff now depends on his ability to successfulully negotiate and to forge a compromise that appeals to both republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that eort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days r
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm EST
. will there be a framework to avoid the fiscal cliff? ashley: up to the minute coverage from washington. guess what, republicans should just walk away now. oh, boy. ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...yoll bust yourrain box. ♪ all onhinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ ashley: breaking news. there is the podium. no one in front of it. live pictures from the white house. president obama set to speak shortly from this location as lawmakers definitely try to hammer out a deal on the fiscal cliff. of course we'll bring you his comments live which are stated -- slated to begin anytime. it could be a little tenuous when he actually speaks. we'll keep an eye on it. as soon as he does we'll bring it to you live of course. stocks hanging in there up 53 points. let's go to our own diane macedo on the floor of the nyse. >> ashley, stocks are looking better than they started. dow futures up a little more than 50 points. nasdaq
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 3:00pm EST
on only fiscal cliff will cut gdp growth substantially. you think what effect the government spending 7% plus of our gdp on debt to bases every year for the last four years, you're talking about north of a trillion dollars economic impact. ashley: you say stay away from equities, what in particular? >> long-term treasuries a deflation hedge. the stability and coupons, emerging market coupons for some holdings in newly emerging market equities. keep in mind i am not saying stay completely away from equities. normal risk exposure. ashley: what about gold, do you like the mining stocks as compared to the gold etf? >> i do like the mining stocks trading at 30-year lows and price relative to gold. if you own some equities, it is preferable in the gold sector. ashley: investment officer joining us by phone this afternoon. thank you so much. the closing bell rings fairly soon here, under six minutes time. can you guess which tech companies are up more than 100% this year? known as the google china poised to take on apple with new technology. we will tell you what it is right after the break. [
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 8:00pm EST
and unable perhaps, for what will ensue of the fiscal cliff. but the fact is that we are looking at a real prospect that the republicans will be held responsible and must plan be actually hashe effect of shifting some of the responbility to the president read what you thinkre the odds? >> i think he will be held responsible for the economy in 2013 and 2014. you cannot blame george w. bush anymore. they conol the senate. it is their economy for sure. so i think that you're going to sea real problem in 2013 and 2014, but i do think it's obama's economy now. the republicans passed the tax cuts for one group, let's say all the wy through, not the very top group, , i don't know where that negotiation is going to come out, but if they do that, i think that they will be held blameless for the economy. lou: as we wrap up here, i would like to ask you a question this way. because i said last year that i felt strongly at the beginning of the campaign. the democrats were the repuican -- the democrats or the republicans, which party led the discussion to the enduring that of the middle class sure enou
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm EST
ago? rich: we're about 12 hours closer to the fiscal cliff as far as negotiations are concerned. the senate is in town. they are meeting but not working on anything fiscal cliff related. the house is coming back on sunday evening according to a republican source, eric cantor, the house majority leader making that announcement on a conference call just a couple of hours ago. so they will be in town. but still we're all waiting on some type of agreement from congressional and perhaps the president, leaders, to have some type of framework for democrats and republicans to vote on. right now we're not there, and so far both sides have taken to blaming one another. >> the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass overwhelmingly. >> we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. the phone never rang. and so now here we are five days from the new year and we might final
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 11:00am EST
't want it to be part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. it does kind of create ship republicans can use against president obama, get out of this deal as well. dennis: didn't tim geithner say all the deadline, december 31st, there's some stuff we will do. a few hundred billion here and there, trying to turn up the pressure on republicans. >> and official letter, the responsible treasury secretary also says we take extraordinary measures, fewer available than they did last round, accounting and gimmicks, not anything permanent, another $200 billion of head room under the limit which gives another two months but these are not precise numbers, we can tell you where we will hit it, they're lying or misinformed. you never know what tax receipts will look like. whenever know -- shibani: is ambitious to tackle fiscal cliff talks toy? >> they sound like they are related and they are in a longer-term strategy. in the short term the fiscal cliff is dealing with the budget and the debt ceiling is money that congress has voted to spend a. it is leverage. shibani: one side has leverage over the other
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 8:00pm EST
handed to us. again, i repeat that republican and democrat plans to solve the fiscal cliff have nothing, are not reducing the deficit one iota. >> basically, i'm going to have to spend my prime years and the folks i know, spend their prime years paying off the interest payments. the fact of the matter is in the interest, social security and medicare will consume the budget in the near future, right when i probably want to be starting a business, getting my life going enough razzle want to get their life going. instead, will be paying taxes on lobbying indentured servants of the government. this is absolutely immoral to have this happen. this is what congress is passing on to us and is why conservatives in the house and senate need to be serious about these fiscal cliff tops, especially about the debt ceiling, not just sitting back and saying president obama won the election. if we don't act now my generation will spend our prime years being servants of the government, and that's not right. tom: i hope you do. i give you one more step before you go. the amount of interest that we pay on
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 8:00pm EST
america from falling off the fiscal cliff. how does the president when this optics war, grover? >> it is all politics. he has not put a proposal on the table that makes any sense. republicans have actually passen plan a, bu the ryan budget, the ryan plan. ent saving transit dollars over the decade. it reforms taxes, does not raise it, reforms that without raising taxes on people. so that is a plan that is passed in the house of representatives in the house of representatives republicans in the senate. the alternative to that is nothing. eric: we know that will not pass the senate and we know the white house will not sign it. here is what my contention has been. allow me. work with me. very important question at the end of this. we go off the cliff, all the tax cuts expire, sequestration,ick whatever. here is the question though. if president obama then says i will put in the tax cuts for anybody making under $250,000 per year, call it obama taxll r cuts, will republicans say no to voting for a tax cut? >> the interesting question is with. interesting question is we are at the b
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 12:00pm EST
, and see if that can avoid the fiscal cliff. the president and speaker both that they will cut their vacations short and return to washington this week to keep trying to work something out. ashley: i am surprised you got anyone would you made those calls today, peter. time is running out. peter barnes nbc. peter, thank you very much. ashley: a fox business exclusive. jeffrey, thank you so much for being here. you are bullish. >> there is an old market for a lot longer than i go back in this business. what we sell in mid-november, especially on the 16th and 19th, without getting too technical, we saw things like outside days and offside gaps. that was a key reversal. we also saw somewhat similar action around the thanksgiving. in 2011. i believe that this rally is genuine. we will need to hold on a monthly closing basis the 1400 plus. where would the charts the? if we take a look, at that horizontal line, you will notice that the outline correspond to keys peak. by taking an aerial view of the markets, sometimes they could offer potential clues. as long as we remain above this 1
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 11:00pm EST
like likely life hawaii and opped into washington, d.c. and save america from the fiscal cliff. how does the president win this optics war, grover? >> well, it's all politics. he's not put a proposal on the table that makes any sense. when talk about plans a, b, and c, the republicans have passed plana,he ryan bill, ryan budget and plan. that saves $6 trillion over the next decade. it reforms entitlements. it reforms taxes. doesn't raise them, reforms them without raising taxe on people. so that's a plan that's written down that's passed the house of representatives and has strong support among republicans in the senate. the alternative is nothing. >> we know that's not going to pass the senate and we also know the white house isn't going to sign that. move on. my contention is after -- >> allow me. >> work with me. it's an important question. let's say president obama says we're going off the fiscal cliff. we go off the cliff. tax cuts expire, sequestration, they kick it down the road. if president obama then says i'm going to put in tax cuts for anyone making under $250,000 a year
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 9:20am EST
the top two democrats and the top two republicans and the president. yes, the fiscal cliff is the news background to today's trading. hopes of any kind of deal really are slipping away. i'm not going to say it's not going to happen, but the chances of a deal are slipping away. that is going to affect the early trading today. dow jones industrial average has opened lower, it's going to go down roughly 60 points. if you look at the futures market as a indicator for the current market we should be down about 60 by the time we open up. and barnes & noble, a big mover today and i want to go to lauren, how far up or down. >> it's up 2.3%, stuart. i went over to the booth where it trades, the traders say really heavy volume for in time of morning in the premarket on the stocks. barnes & noble very smart today. the good news up 11% and making a educational investment and putting 90 million into the nook media, which is kind of part of barnes & noble's business, but then put out the bad news, barnes & noble and their holiday sales will come in below expectations and their nook business would no
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 3:00pm EST
the fiscal cliff. still without a solid deal in place, but both the president and mitch mcconnell, the senator on the republican side, say we're close. up next, allison deans shows you what to invest in whether we have a deal or whether we fall over that edge. ♪ liz: talk about a cliffhanger, with just minutes left in the trading day, the nation's toes clinging like this, like kilroy, right? over the edge of the fiscal cliff. no deal written in stones, but the markets still believe -- 139 points for the dow jones industrials -- that there may be some type of deal. join us now, allison deans, the senior adviser at varick asset management. we brought you in because you're so good at this kind of stuff, and we thought what we should invest in there is no deal or if there is a deal. what's your mind telling you? >> i think there will be a deal. i think if it doesn't happen tonight, they'll exing tend -- extend some of the benefits, and my sense is it'll be a compromise for both parties. it's just a shame they wait until the very last minute waiting to see what will happen. li
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
the midnight deadline to avert the fiscal cliff. congress will not. the negotiations continue into tomorrow. let's bring in a congressman who will be critical to the process. republican of wisconsin, a member of the house budget committee. welcome back to the show. great to see you here. first, breaking news detail i want to get your reaction to. we just heard the vice-president will meet with senate democrats tonight. what do you think that's about? >> i'm not exactly sure. unless they're having some type of problem with the spending side of the equation, i never have reached some type of agreement on taxes, but i know that makes mcconnell was working with vice-president biden on the spending side. and so there may be some person that has to go on the senate democrats to get the bill passed gerri: arm-twisting everywhere. let's talk about this potential deal as it has been outlined to us. we would have tax hikes on folks with incomes above 400,000 if your single, above water and 50,000 if you're a couple. permanent patch to anc, the alternative minimum tax. estate tax also. 40 percent for
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am EST
harry reid is saying that democrats and republicans are still far apart on a number of issues in fiscal cliff tops. this as vice-president joe biden steps up to the negotiation table. joining us now from washington with the latest, peter barnes standing outside the white house. first, rich edson on capitol hill. the senate's orotund aware about an hour ago the senate finally got under way. >> reporter: good afternoon. right now they are discussing a current framework on how to address the sequester cuts, automatic government spending cuts that hit the federal budget starting this week. 94 billion for the year. they're discussing the current framework that would include protecting income amounts of less than $400,000 for individuals, 450,000 for couples , married families from a tax increase. this framework also includes keeping best -- estate tax levels where they are, extending the alternative minimum tax package that is preventing tens of millions of middle-class americans from having to pay the amt. a doctor checks, making sure that medicare doctors don't get a significant pay cut st
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
to take down the verbal warfare and cut a deal sparing the fallout of the fiscal cliff. gerri: can we get anything with any meaning before the end of the year? >> not get your hopes up on a big deal on the debt. not too many tax increases, some will be in there. avoiding the sequester, the spending cuts, that is the best thing that could happen at this point and i'm pretty optimistic person, i get up every morning thinking good things will happen but this is causing me to drink every night so i did not know if i will get there or not. gerri: you glass half-full kind of guy. i hope your champagne glasses more than half full on new year's. have a good one. while the chances of lawmakers reaching a deal seemed to be slim to none, you'll be glad to know some state lawmakers will% be warned though much more productive. here are some of our favorites. let's start with illinois. starting in 2013 and new law gives motorcyclists be okay to run red lights. leave it or not. after complaints from cyclist who say light sensors don't see the cycles. and the okay for computer-driven cars on public roads
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm EST
are out there struggling and certainly they deserve congress that will avoid going over the fiscal cliff. which is why the president has been working to bring the leaders together. >> the way our system is supposed to work is the president is supposed to make a proposal and go across the country persuading the american people he is right. finos how to do that. then he sits down with us and we complain and adjust and amend it and bring it up on the floor and vote on it and pass it and get it resolved. that is what is supposed to happen and it can't start until the president make the proposal. rich: lawmakers are waiting to see how the meeting shapes up next hour and so are we. neil: john boehner can deliver his caucus without spending cuts and democrats can't come to the table must -- my hand a doing this, republicans agreed to tax increases. we are going over the cliff and that might be what both sides want. >> the possible scenario where if the market reacts negatively lawmakers would feel the rush to pass something else. it became clear after john boehner put on the table keeping tax r
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